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James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.
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Sandwich Monday: Arby's Meat Mountain

Avert your eyes, vegetarians, because for this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the infamous new sandwich from Arby's: The Meat Mountain.
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Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

Too busy for the mall? Online services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club attempt to re-create personal shopping relationships of yesterday, powered by today's data analytics.
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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.
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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 8

A popular film festival is back in town and three bands are performing at a local venue.

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Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes out Tuesday. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.
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How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Before he was Ivan Drago or He-Man, Lundgren was just another 6-foot 5-inch Swede with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering — who turned down a scholarship to MIT for show-biz.
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Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

A Moroccan slave named Estebanico was one of only four men to survive a 1528 expedition to America from Spain. The Moor's Account, a fictional memoir by Laila Lalami, tells the story through his eyes.
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Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

Gay football player Michael Sam didn't make an NFL team, but he will play for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Writer Michael Arceneaux says that's an important step forward for gay black men.

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